Malawi Viphya Geisha 2011


Bean name Malawi Viphya Geisha 2011
Country Malawi
Region Viphya North Hills
Other info Geisha Varietal


Grown in the Viphya North Hills on the grassland plateau overlooking Lake Malawi, this micro lot is of the Geisha vareital. Geisha is an ancient and very rare coffee variety that has gianed a lot of favour of late. The agronomic yield of Geisha is extremely low, which is why it is so difficult to find commercial plantations of this variety. One of the reasons for its new found popularity is an auction lot that fetched a huge premium, in fact it was the most expenisive coffee ever, which in some areas led to a huge rush to rip out perfectly good plant stock and replace it with a varietal that tends only to work at a higher altitude and in perfect growing conditions.

To find out more about Geisha read here or here but it is enough to say the varietal is very controversial.

This is from the same folks as the Msese that we are stocking, but it originates from a larger co-op. It is still Geisha and still great cup, it is just a slightly larger lot. This has a similar profile to the Msese, but with with very small differences.

In the cup there is a peach/lemon and summer fruit acidity just like its sibling, the Msese, but maybe it is a little less defined here. Then you get a milky/silky smooth body and delicious finish. I think out of the two that we have stocked this will work much better in espresso becuase it's a little less bright and not as in your face clean as the Msese. Both are delicious, but for different reasons.

Cupping notes

Clean cup 7/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 7/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 7/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 92

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